WHO ARE WE?

NO EVIL EYE is a nomadic micro-cinema that aims to redefine the creative and social parameters of film scene(s) by curating an eclectic mix of films and accessible educational workshops made for and by inclusive audiences. 

Since our launch in May 2019, we’ve been invited to engage in a variety of unique spaces and places including institutions, film festivals, underground theaters, and DIY organizations around the country. 

Our mission is to reimagine the traditional filmic experience by promoting a realistic yet utopian vision of cinema as a space of socio-political possibilities. We’re interested in igniting a collective radical imagination around the moving image that moves beyond the status quo.

The NO EVIL EYE manifesto: "NEE believes that the local is global; NEE radicalizes film programming; NEE cultivates community dialogue and critique; NEE centers youth and teen creativity via workshops, NEE deliberately carves a space that is anti-colonial gaze; NEE establishes a bond between the personal and political, NEE democratizes the predominantly inaccessible cinephilic landscape; NEE fosters a physical space for creatives and community members that have historically been ostracized from cinephilic spaces and denied access to art and cultural resources"

THE TEAM

RUUN NUUR / CO-CREATOR

RUUN NUUR is an independent cinematic practitioner and cultural worker hyper focused on Muslim and African narratives. 

Producer of the Field of Vision commissioned documentary short, They Won’t Call It Murder (2022), a poetic exploration of Columbus, Ohio as a container of violence perpetrated by the local police force. The film was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick and played at Sheffield Doc/Fest, BAMcinemafest, Camden International Film Festival, AFI Festival, DOCNYC and more.

As the co-founder of the nomadic microcinema, NO EVIL EYE CINEMA, Nuur has organized accessible education workshops and original film curation around the country and online. At 22, she created SVLLY(wood), an independent feminist print film magazine, one of the only kinds in the world.

She’s served on the juries of Sheffield Doc/Fest, Indie Memphis and has been an invited guest speaker for Doha Film Institute, True/False Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and many more. 

Her essays and interviews have been published in Film Comment, i-D, DAZED, Hyperallergic and among other multimedia platforms. Her work has been profiled in Interview Magazine, NYLON, Brooklyn Rail, and more. 

Nuur has been awarded as the Fall 2021 Film/Video Studio Resident at Wexner Center for the Arts and currently the 2022 Tejumola Olaniyan Creative Writers-in-Residence Fellowship, working on a documentary feature on her homeland of Somalia.

contact: ruun@noevileyecinema.com

INGRID RAPHAËL / CO-CREATOR

Ingrid Raphaël (they/them) is a multi-disciplinary artist, film director and educator. They draw from their nomadic migrations as an immigrant to weave and situate poetic metaphors between the personal (internal:body) & nature (external:observation); experimenting with themes of loss, grief, transformation, healing, and temporality with a curious, archival, movement-based, non-linear excavation process as their compass.

At No Evil Eye Cinema, they co-curate programs, upkeep the website and social media, and are eager to collaborate with like-minded collectives, groups, and individuals on film programming. 

contact: ingrid@noevileyecinema.com

SONIA DESAI RAYKA / FILM FUTURA COORDINATOR & SALONS FACILITATOR

Sonia Desai Rayka (she/her) is a filmmaker and writer based in Brooklyn by way of Ohio. She has worked as an Impact Producer + Production Coordinator for several critically acclaimed documentaries and currently works as a freelance Archival Researcher at Time Studios. She is a 2022-2023 NextDoc Fellow, a collective of the next generation of documentary storytellers of color. As a documentary director and researcher, she believes that investigative work does not have to just be informative, it can also be beautiful; her current slate of projects follows a sculptor’s process creating a body of work on intimacy, a family of asylum seekers planning a wedding celebration, and reconnecting with her familial roots through the Rabari caste’s practice of embroidery passed along from mother to daughter. At every corner, her work always comes back to ancestry, daughterhood, migration, and artistry as a salve for everyday people. Based in Brooklyn by way of Ohio, Sonia is the granddaughter of Raghunath and Dhanaben. contact: sonia@noevileyecinema.com

PREVIOUS COLLABORATORS

NATALIE ERAZO / PROJECT MANAGER

Natalie Erazo is a Colombian-American film programmer, arts administrator, writer, and energy healing facilitator hailing from Miami, FL, and now based in Brooklyn, NY. Natalie has programmed film series for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and region(es), as well as organized screenings for youth audiences through The Repertory Project. Their writing has been published in Hyperallergic and the BAMblog.

NASREEN ABD ELAL / SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR + DESIGNER

Nasreen Abd Elal is a researcher, designer, and illustrator based in New York City. Her work focuses on eastern Mediterranean visual cultures, Palestinian history, and archival retrieval.

PRESS

NYFF58 TALK

Outside the Canon

Digital
October 2020

MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE

The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2020

Digital and print
September 2020

BROOKLYN RAIL

NO EVIL EYE

Digital and print
October 2019

HYPERALLERGIC

Radical Migration Stories on the Road

Digital
July 26 2019

COLUMBUS ALIVE

Flyover Fest: No Evil Eye debuts at the Wex

Digital and print
May 08 2019

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